Week 50!? Already? Times has passed so quickly. I wonder how many of the stitches I can remember? Bonnet stitch, what does that look like? Would I be able to distinguish the Oyster and the Berry stitches from each other if I looked at an embroidered picture? Would I manage to make a Palestrina stitch without looking at the instructions?
These thoughts come to me as it is Term Test season in Japanese schools. Every morning I see the children at the local school pass by, they are tired after sleepless nights filled with cramming and revising. Every afternoon I see them on their way home, relieved or burdened with feelings of doubt and failure.
Oh, I am so glad there is no TAST test!
Week 50's stitch is the Berry stitch, which basically is a double Chain stitch. Sharon's instructions are here and my sampler is below:
It is my feeble attempt at making lingon berries or cowberries. You can read more about them here and learn about the craze for this Swedish delicacy.
What I am actually trying to capture with this embroidery is the frame of a special calendar; the Lingon Almanacka. It is old and traditional and looks like this.